Headlines: 9th October 2015
‘Washington’s failure to share data with Russian intelligence about terrorist positions in Syria makes one question the goals that Americans have in their anti-ISIS campaign in Syria and Iraq, a senior Russian diplomat has said.
The refusal to share intelligence on terrorists “just confirms once more what we knew from the very start, that the US goals in Syria have little to do with creating the conditions for a political process and national reconciliation,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday.
“I would risk saying that by doing this the US and the countries that joined the US-led coalition are putting themselves in a politically dubious position. The question is: which side are you fighting for in this war?”’
‘Around 40 percent of Islamic State infrastructure in Syria has been destroyed since Russia began its military operation in the country, Syria’s Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad told Sputnik on Wednesday.
“According to our data, about 40 percent [was destroyed]. In addition, a lot of terrorists have been killed. Now, they are retreating toward the Turkish border, as this country has traditionally provided them with protection,” Haddad said.’
‘NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg said during a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels on Thursday the alliance is prepared to send ground troops to protect Turkey’s border with Syria.
“Nato is ready and able to defend all allies, including Turkey against any threats,” Stoltenberg said.
The move is in response to a claim by Turkey a Russian warplane violated its airspace last week.
Ankara scrambled two F-16s to intercept the Russian aircraft and summoned the Russian ambassador in protest.’
‘Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said “the people in my party who are saying don’t talk to Putin, have a no-fly zone, be prepared to use force against Russia, that’s all very scary to me, and the wrong approach” on Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.’
‘Thousands of ISIL Takfiri terrorists have fled Syria to Jordan, Turkey and Europe as the Syrian army continues march on militant-held regions as well as Russia’s airstrikes against positions of militias across the Arab country.
“A large number of ISIL terrorists have fled the Syrian territories to Jordan, Turkey and Europe after the Russian warplanes and the Syrian army troops pounded their gathering centers and hideouts,” the source underlined.
A local source on Monday told FNA that the ISIL militants, most of them from the Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Chechnya, together with their families have left Raqqa province in Syria for Iraq.’
The UK Attorney-General’s Office and Cabinet Office have both refused to respond to a freedom of information request over the assassination in Syria by UK air strikes on British citizens by claiming it is not in the public interest.
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A baby is one of 20 children who have been taken into care over fears of Islamic radicalisation and have been made subjects of court orders.
At least 11 families have been issued care or wardship proceedings by judges over fears they will be taken out of the country to join ISIS.
‘In Manchester yesterday, David Cameron claimed people “only really need to know one thing” about the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: that he “thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a ‘tragedy’.”
Taking aside the fact that we obviously need to know more than one thing about the leader of the opposition, this is a gross misrepresentation of what Corbyn said about bin Laden.
What Corbyn actually said was that it was a “tragedy” that bin Laden was never put on trial and brought to justice for his crimes.’